Is the Doc Rivers deal the right move for the Clippers?

Let’s face it.  The Clippers are in a bad position.  They most likely need to make a deal with the Celtics to get Doc Rivers and KG or face the reality of losing Chris Paul.

But, is it really the right move?  If the reports are correct the Clippers have to send DeAndre Jordan, a 1st round pick and one additional asset to the Celtics to complete the trade.  That’s asking for a lot in return for Doc Rivers and KG considering Rivers has reportedly made it known he won’t come back to the Celtics to rebuild.  From the Clippers position they might not have much of a choice if Chris Paul threatens to leave.  But, at the same time they better get a solid commitment from him before pulling the trigger on this deal.  This deal isn’t pretty if  Chris Paul still leaves after it’s completed.  Unfortunately both teams know the Clippers desperation and that’s why this deal is taking a while to complete.  The Celtics have all the leverage and are trying to get everything they can out of this deal.

I think it’s the right deal and it will get done.  But, this deal is a risk and if Chris Paul leaves the Clippers they will be worse off for making it.

What! You want your team to tank?

 

Why is it such a bad thing for a NBA fan to want their team to tank.  If your favorite team has no chance to make then playoffs do you really want them winning games and losing a top 5 pick?

Thirty-six wins, just outside of the playoffs and the 13th pick in every draft is a formula for permanent mediocrity.  If the team you are rooting for isn’t going to make the playoffs, then you as a fan should absolutely hope that the team you root for sits or trades the vets.  You should want your team to develop the young talent on the team and rack up a ton of losses on the way.

As a fan you should still root for your non-playoff team to win every once in a while and when they do you can be happy that the young talent is developing.  But, if they lose it’s not a bad thing because your favorite team is one step closer to acquiring an elite player through the draft.  Let’s face it, in the NBA, small market teams need to build through the draft and you just can not build around players in the 10th – 15th pick range.  Those players are good supporting players to your stars.  And the stars in the draft more often than not come from the top 5 draft picks.  That’s just the reality of the situation.  I’m a Magic fan and right now the team is terrible.  Let’s be honest, if this team doesn’t get a good player in the draft this season is a complete waste.  When you look back at the 2003-2004 team you can at least reason that the season, while horrible, at least netted the Magic Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson.  Imagine if that team didn’t finish with the worst record and got Okafor with the second pick?  If that happened the Magic could have ended up like the Bobcats and we all know how that team has done the last 9 seasons.

One more note.  This is a completely different situation for fans of teams that have bad management.   If you are a Magic fan, your team has had some success in tanking and drafting high picks so there is some confidence that the team won’t screw the draft up.  As a fan of a team with good management tanking is typically much more acceptable than being a fan of a team like the Bobcats.  The Bobcats are horrible at drafting players and building a team.  And if I was a fan of that team I would just want the team to sign free agents, trade for stars and do whatever it can to win as I would just plain be sick of losing.  Of course, either way, that team won’t be going anywhere because at the end of the day you need a little luck and some good management and the Bobcats have neither.

Moral of the story?  Tank away and build through the draft.  That’s the way to go for most rebuilding teams.

Deron Williams will not sign extension. Otis make your move.

News came out today that Deron Williams will not sign an extension with the New Jersey Nets.

Deron will not be signing the extension,” Jeff Schwartz told The Record this afternoon. “Based on the new rules it doesn’t make any sense for him to sign the extension. It has nothing to do with how much he likes New Jersey. Because of the rules, he’s going to play the season out and probably opt out of his deal.”

AL IANNAZZONE  (NorthJersey.com)

Reports have been going around for a while that the Nets weren’t going to be able to keep Williams after this season and this is icing on the cake.  This is yet another sign that Williams doesn’t want to be a part of the Nets organization and never did.

I’m sure by now the Nets have gauged his interest level as well.  Prokhorov won’t want to watch Deron Williams walk away at the end of the year leaving the Nets with nothing in return.  They gave up too much in the trade for Williams to let that happen.  So this is Otis’s big opportunity to put a superstar alongside Dwight Howard and convince him to stay.  Howard has long made it obvious that he won’t stay in Orlando without an improved roster and this is just the splash to do that. 

The big question though, does Orlando have the pieces to get Williams?  If Williams openly tells management in New Jersey that he wants to play with Dwight in Orlando or he’ll just become a Free Agent and sign with another team he could have some leverage.  And, the Magic might have a chance.  Otis could offer a package including Redick, Nelson, Bass and a 1st round pick for Deron Williams and a filler.  But, again, the only way that package would be good enough is if Deron pulls a Melo and tells the Nets he will only sign an extension with Orlando.

NBA Lockout hinges on phone call

So here we are on day 145 and the NBA Lockout is still no where close to being resolved.  Are the two sides trying to meet and hash this out?  Nope!  The NBA’s lawyers and the NBAPA’s lawyers won’t contact each other and they keep waiting for the other side to call them first.

NBAPA lawyer David Boies claims that his side hasn’t tried to contact the NBA because they don’t want to talk to them.

“I think they’ve made pretty clear, including by the statement that they just made, that they’ve got no interest in talking to us,” Boies said.

Really, have you tried to call them?  You’re just going to stand by and let the lockout linger and get dangerously closer and closer to losing the season because of a statement?  Pick up the phone and call them! 

When probed further about why Boies hasn’t called the NBA lawyers he responded: “I suppose it couldn’t hurt for me to call him”.

You suppose?  Ok, so at this point some of the best lawyers in the US are playing a dangerous game of phone tag.  The season hinges on these lawyers trying to contact each other and work this out, but they would rather act like a bunch of 10 year olds.  Wait, they’re behavior is actually an insult to 10 year olds.

Boies also noted “”Most disputes ought to be settled.”.

Yep, they ought to be settled and these scenarios almost always get settled.  What’s the best way to do that?  By making a phone call!  I hope for this season’s sake that Boise doesn’t wait for the court system to put the two sides together because at that point it could be too late.

Houston, smu, and ucf missing gameday opportunity

GameDay will be at Houston for the SMU – Houston game this Saturday.  This was supposed to be the big day of publicity for the three Conference USA team’s moving on to the Big East.  A huge day for the Big East showing everyone that they have started to move on from all the departures and that the league was ready to announce it’s back and better. 

But, because these 3 teams don’t want to announce anything until Boise State is ready to join the league they are going to let this opportunity pass by.  That’s a huge mistake, and once again shows the terrible management of the league.  I understand that Boise State doesn’t want to officially join until they get BYU to agree to be their west travel partner, but the C-USA schools are joining the Big East regardless of that situation!  Those three should have announced the move this week and secured the best publicity they could have possibly gotten in regards to this move.  Missed opportunity…

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